VOLUME 56 February 2004 NUMBER 11
Charlotte Yeomans, P
Thanks, again, to everyone who came to
celebrate at November’s Change of Watch Ceremony. Even more so, thanks to
those who shared the holiday spirit at the Squadron’s Holiday Party.
Jenkins Orphanage is very appreciative of all of the gifts given to the
teens and young adults in their care. Thank y’all so much!
Steve and I are in Orlando as I write this
article soaking in all of the knowledge, information, camaraderie, and
fellowship that were presented at the National Meeting. It has been an
experience that will be repeated in the future! Thank you to P/C Vic
Schwartz, P/D/C Marge Schulte, P/Lt/C Cindy Kridler, P/R/C Ed Kridler, and
P/C Steve Yeomans for helping to represent Charleston along with Associate
Members P/D/C Jim & D/Lt/C Carol McVey. I also express my deep
appreciation to Steve, Ed, Cindy, Jim, & Carol for “showing me the ropes”.
Some of the highlights of
There were a total of 30,006 Vessel Safety
Checks completed in 2003!
Golden Corner Lakes ranked 1st
in the top five squadrons of USPS as having the highest percentage of
its membership participating in the VSC Program.
The representative from the National Safe
Boating Campaign announced that the information kit would arrive by the
end of March - please start thinking of different ways to
celebrate National Safe Boating Week in May and then please let us know
how we can help!
There is a “healthy” push for increasing
interest in helping with the USPS National Endowment Fund. Please keep
it in mind when completing estate planning, etc…
For the first time, all 33 districts made
the National Safety Honor Roll! Let’s strive to help achieve that
Congratulations to Lake Murray Squadron
for recognition of its students’ successful completion of each course
during the previous year!
District 26 Squadrons took six awards in
the Teaching Aids Exhibit: Electronic Teaching Aids 2nd
Hilton Head, 3rd Lake Murray; Marine Electronics 1st
Savannah River; Navigation 2nd Charleston;
Piloting 1st Lake Murray; Sail 3rd
Charleston. All winning entries will be displayed on the USPS
website in the Educational Department’s Teaching Aids link. Please
visit the site to see the winning exhibits!
An incentive to work towards for the
Chapman Award for Excellence in Teaching: Besides a nice sextant, the
instructor now receives a card with a 4-yr term as a Certified
are now available for USPS members in good
standing for NobleTech (25%) as well as for Dell (10% on all hard &
software). Information is available on the USPS website.
There are now three (3) more Charter
Squadrons within USPS: Sebastian Inlet, Aroostook Valley, and Columbia
D/26’s Hospitality Suite was great; Betty
Rakes and her team did a great job with the Ice Cream Social
Make certain to attend the First Timers
Social even if it isn’t your first time for one-on-one time to speak
with various representatives and leaders within USPS. My special thanks
to Roberta Dougherty, Bruce Troth, P/C/C Ted Smith, and C/C Johnson who
made me feel welcome there!
Make double certain to attend the Social
given by District 33 out of Puerto Rico; it was a wonderful time had by
all!! They were gracious hosts making certain no one was empty-handed
or standing by himself or herself.
Watching the Change of Watch Ceremony
inducting C/C Leslie Johnson, SN, and the “Roast” of “Charter Chief / M
& M” P/C/C Ted Smith, SN, was a great way to top off Saturday’s Meeting!
C/C Johnson’s address centered upon the
following points: a large push for Public Boating Safety Classes;
resolving USPS’ cash flow problem; making meetings more time-efficient
to have more social time where everyone (him included) can sit back,
relax, and talk with each other; a reminder to attend the 19-23 May 2004
USPS Governing Board in Pittsburgh PA - Please do keep it in mind!
We’ll see y’all at the 12 February
membership meeting, and then - “Lord willin’ and the creek do rise”
- at the Cape Romain Lighthouse outside of McClellanville on Saturday, 14
think of what you will help out with on this upcoming year’s committees
and activities. The squadron has many openings in many different
departments that still need filling. If you don’t know what you want to
do, take a peek at the Squadron Job Descriptions that the Bridge Officers
have - that should help with decisions, also.
Everyone who is interested in participating
in a Saturday course on First Aid and CPR, please contact me. It
will take place during the winter months of this upcoming year; the course
will be all day with a lunch provided. I truly need to know if there is
an interest within the membership before scheduling this event to please
let me know. Thank you!
Fore any more information on anything
mentioned in this article, or anything else, please feel free to contact
me at (843) 875-0510, or at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks and see y’all soon!!
Lt/C Stephen C. Kromer, AP
Great news! We have the results from the
Seamanship & the Engine Maintenance courses. Ed Dyckman and Orion Hall
successfully completed the Seamanship course taught by Mike King. Chuck
Altschul, Grady Barnwell, & Bob Gulbrandsen successfully completed the
Engine Maintenance course taught by Dave Walsh & Ken Beeber. Don’t forget
that spring courses start the week of 16 Feb. Come on out & take a
course. They are really worth it.
Let me tell you a little story about
something that happened today. Janice and I are on a month long trip to
Florida. Needless to say, my newest super duper computerized navigation
system quit the second day out. No Problem - dig out the paper charts.
So now we have been navigating with paper charts for 3 days or so. We
cross the St Mary’s river in search of someplace where the wireless
service is good enough for me to write this article using my super duper
hi tech Internet access system - which has been on the fritz for the last
3 days because Verizon doesn’t have any service in southeastern Georgia.
Anyhow, we read the chart and determine that
we are supposed to turn off the river at marker 28 (quick quiz: what
color is 28). We make the turn and notice that the buoy has an
Intra-coastal Waterway symbol on it. Great - that is just what I wanted
to see. Turn to starboard and proceed up the channel. We spot marker 2
that makes sense since we are coming off the river and the numbering on
the ICW was starting over. Problem is we are having trouble finding the
next marker. As we go flying by (another quick quiz: how fast does No
Sense go?) I notice that there is no ICW symbol on the marker. Ok,
stop the boat to sort this out. Start back to marker 28 with the
intention of going down river to check the next markers for ICW symbols.
While we are doing that, another boat that made the same turn we did
radioed an outbound boat and asked where the ICW was. Turns out that the
main channel had been renumbered starting at marker 28 and now the turn
for the ICW was a marker 23 (which is what color?). Once we got that far,
the rest, as they say, was history.
So what the point here? There are actually
several. First, the Squadron has drilled into my head that you always
need to have paper charts so when your super duper electronic navigation
system dies, you can still navigate. So we had paper charts. Second, if
you do understand or don’t like what you see, stop, backtrack and sort out
the navigation. This was drilled into my little brain by instructors like
Mike King, John Van Way, Glenn Workman, & Ken Beeber. We did, however,
make one mistake. We did not check the Local Notice To Mariners before we
left. We were going to rely on our super duper electronic system, so
unless they moved the river, who cared. Besides, if we needed to, we
could always check NLM’s on the Internet using our super duper wireless
system. Finally, it has also been drilled into my brain that things never
go wrong one at a time, they go wrong in bunches. Here’s proof. Oh well,
no new holes in the boat - so it was a good day.
After that rousing speech I hope I convinced
you to take a course. We have published the
schedule with this edition of the
Palmetto Log. If you want to sign up, just send me an email at
email@example.com (of course unless my super duper wireless internet
system is working I can’t read your email or reply) or call me at
843-906-5631 and tell me which course you want to take.
P/C Mike Page, P
Thursday, 1 January 2004
Lt/C Mike Paige called the meeting to order
at 1940 at the Headquarters Building at 1376 Orange Grove Road, Charleston
S.C. Those in attendance were: Lt/C Mike Paige, Lt Wendy Walsh, Lt David
Walsh and Lt/C Robert Gulbrandsen. A quorum was not established, therefore
the members dismissed and the meeting did not continue.
Those in attendance
adjourned at 1945.
Lt/C Janice Kromer
January Chinese Auction
Much fun was had by all who attended the
January Membership Meeting/Chinese Auction. We had around 25 donated
items, and we want to thank all that brought something for the raffle.
Lucky (???) Billy Lynes won back just about everything he had donated.
The auction raised almost $150 for the squadron kitty.
Upcoming Membership Meetings
On February 12, 2004, Paul Yura of NOAA will
be our featured guest. Paul has given seminars to our squadron
previously, and he is always an interesting and informative speaker. The
meeting will be held at headquarters on Orange Grove Road, and we will
start the social hour at 1830. Please bring something for our potluck
dinner, and the cost will be $5 per person.
I am trying to arrange a speaker from the
Charleston Pilot’s Association for our March membership meeting on the 11th
of the month. Since we’ll be saving our dollars for the April meeting
(more information to follow), we will again meet at headquarters and have
a potluck supper with a per person cost at the door of $5.
I am thrilled to tell you that Claiborne
Young will be coming to Charleston to speak to the Squadron members on
Thursday, April 8. Claiborne hasn’t picked his topic yet, but no matter
what his subject, he always presents a wonderful and enjoyable program.
This dinner meeting will be held at Sticky Fingers on Main Street (Route
17A) in Summerville. The cost will be around $20 per person. As we get
closer to April, I’ll finalize the details and give directions to the
restaurant. Let’s all come out and make this a very successful night!
And remember that we’ll be trying something
different for May’s meeting. We will be combining the monthly membership
meeting with one of our weekend cruise rendezvous. Whether you come by
car or boat, please try to attend. We’ll be meeting for lunch somewhere
in the Charleston area and if anyone has any suggestions on a restaurant
that would be appropriate, please let me know.
Please welcome Leah Henly to our squadron as
she is now an “official” member. Many of you already know Leah, who is a
frequent volunteer at our meetings and events.
Terry Moore also became a member in
January. Terry recently passed BoatSmart, and he has a 14-foot powerboat.
Lt/C Robert A. Gulbransen, S
Ahoy! We are going to try and add to
the squadron income by offering advertising space in
The Palmetto Log.
Editor Nelson Hicks and I have been putting together the details of how to
make this work. We think we can now roll this project out and see what
Palmetto Log is offering two layout sizes.
The first will be a business card size advertisement at a one-year
donation cost of $50.00. The second will be a 3-inch by 3-inch display at
the annual donation cost of $100.00. We will be talking to local marine
oriented business as to their interest in our offer. If as a member you
have an interest in placing an advertisement, or know of someone that
would be interested. Please contact me Bob Gulbrandsen or Nelson Hicks and
we will be happy to fill you in on details and get your ad started. These
advertisements do not have to be marine oriented; just anything you
might want to get the word out about.
The Palmetto Log
is distributed to about 250 readers each month, with eleven issues per
year. So come on, give us a hand, lets make this work. Proceeds from the
advertisements will go into the squadron fund for future project like a
new roof for the Headquarters Building.
The next project being addressed by
the Secretaries office is the annual Member Directory. I’m happy to
announce that the 2004 Directory is on track and should be in printing by
the time of this issue of
The Palmetto Log. New features
to look for in the 2004 Directory will be the “Squadron History” as told
by P/C Fred Wichmann. Also added will be the squadron committees to better
assist you our members in locating who to contact on questions in their
areas. And not to be forgotten is the 2004 Cruise Schedule provided by Lt
David Walsh. Things that have been removed are the “email list” and “Boat
Name list” as these items have been included in the members listing
information. I hope everyone will enjoy the new Directory, and find it a
helpful tool to stay connected to your squadron.
This printing of the
Directory is now a done deal, but if as a member you have ideas on
something else that should be included, or corrections to this issue.
Please feel free to contact me at
Morningstar804@msn.com. I’m open to your ideas. If there is something
you feel would be helpful to the membership, I can run with it and see if
it can be used in the 2005 Directory.
Cooper River Open
The Cooper River is now open for transit
between the Don Holt I-526 Bridge and the entrance of Back River near
Boaters must maintain a 100-yard clearance
of all naval vessels (or as much as the river width safely allows). No
anchoring, loitering, mooring or fishing is allowed within this zone.
Vessels must proceed at normal speed and no photography of any kind is
allowed during the transit of this area.
Boaters must also follow the instructions of
any on-scene Navy, Coast Guard or law enforcement patrol boats.
NEW STUDY PINPOINTS CAUSES
OF BOAT FIRES
July Issue of
Seaworthy Magazine Reports Findings
As the boating season gets into full swing,
a new study released by BoatU.S. Marine Insurance indicates that the
leading causes of fires aboard vessels are AC & DC wiring problems, engine
and transmission overheating, and fuel leaks.
"Unlike a house fire, boaters generally have
no where to go but in the water once a fire breaks out, so understanding
how fires start, and what can be done to prevent them, is even more
important," said Chuck Fort, Seaworthy associate editor. The
study, which analyzed hundreds of fire claim files over two years and
focused on fires originating aboard vessels (marina fires excluded) is
highlighted in the July issue of the BoatU.S. publication, Seaworthy,
the nation's only damage avoidance magazine for boat owners and the marine
Leading the pack, "AC & DC
wiring/appliances" accounted for a whopping 55% of fires. The report
further detailed the electrical sources into subcategories such as DC
shorts/wiring (30%), DC engine regulator (12%), shore power (4%) and other
causes. "Wire chafe is the biggest problem we see," adds Fort. "Electrical
fires can also re-ignite even after an extinguisher has been emptied, so
it's also important to have a main battery switch and/or AC breaker to
stop the ignition source."
The number 2 cause, "engine/transmission
overheating," had 24% of the claims. Obstructed intake or exhaust cooling
water passages are the main cause for hose or impeller meltdowns, which
lead to overheating. Keeping these clear, especially exhaust manifolds and
risers, as well as regular replacement of pump impellers, would have
prevented most of these fires.
"Fuel leaks, " the number 3 cause, came in
with 8% of claims. Typical problem areas are fuel lines, fuel connections
on the engine itself, and leaking tanks.
Paul Yura from NOAA
On 12 February 2004,
Paul Yura of NOAA will be our featured guest. Paul has given seminars to
our squadron previously, and he is always an interesting and informative
speaker. The meeting will be held at headquarters on Orange Grove Road,
and we will start the social hour at 1830. Please bring something for our
potluck dinner, and the cost will be $5 per person.
27 MARCH 2004
All around the Lowcountry are bronze disks
set in concrete by the National Geodetic Survey and it predecessor
organizations, such as the National Coast and Geodetic Survey. These
monuments provide horizontal and vertical reference marks for surveyors to
use in determining exact locations for construction, research, and defense
uses. In cooperation with the NGS, we find the location of geodetic
markers and verify that they are in good condition, or destroyed, or
simply “not found”.
The Charleston Power Squadron has scheduled
a Geodetic Marker Recovery Outing in conjunction with the annual Hornick
Cruise at Buzzard’s Roost Marina that will be held this year on Saturday,
27 March. Teams will be formed and assigned areas to survey for geodetic
marks in the area nearby the marina. Call Mike Page at 324-8049 for more
information or to sign up for this entertaining Squadron effort. We will
start out at 0930 from Buzzard’s Roost and should be finished by 1100 in
time for other Squadron activities.
Maps showing the locations of marks to be
located and detailed data sheets giving specific directions will be given
to each team. Each team will need a measuring tape at least 100 feet long
and a hand held compass. If at all possible, each team will also have a
GPS to help locate the marks and to record the GPS position for comparison
purposes. Teams will be provided with probes that come in handy for
finding marks that may have been buried over time.
This is an important opportunity to
participate in a relatively little known facet of Power Squadron
membership. Our reports will count toward individual and Squadron credit
in the USPS®-NOAA Cooperative charting program.
14 February 2004
Earlier information about the
Cape Romain Cruise included the pertinent information, except
we should be leaving Jeremy Creek at Jimmy Leland's Marina at about 9 or
at least two hours before high tide. This is important for us to arrive at
the site of the old dock about one hour before high water, giving us an
hour to explore the sights, climb the tower, and get back out of there as
the tide begins to fall. All these details are very carefully designed to
make better mariners of us all and limit our experiences with groundings
since we have all earned post-graduate courses in that subject, especially
your olde Cruise Captain.
Trusting that there will be, as always,
those stout hearted small boat owners on hand, it is the unadulterated
pleasure of the Captain to invite all and sundry to enjoy a memorable
voyage on the restored 42’ Grand Banks trawler, DISTANT ISLE, we
will be traveling on this year. We should have room for about thirty on
board and everyone is welcome aboard provided they salute the Captain.
Upon our safe return from this nefarious
voyage, the Village Museum has invited our entire crew for a tour. For
those of us who have not had the pleasure of viewing this remarkable
collection, we are very fortunate to have this great opportunity and we
should all be happy to support such enterprises.
Later we will repair to the infamous Crab
Pot Restaurant, where genial hostess, Laura McClellan, has promised not to
serve us any of those ancient oysters her late great uncle picked out of
the olde Captain's leg some seventy years ago. Again our faithful
resourceful members will come thru the fray providing land transportation
to those poor boat people who will have no other means to travel to the
Crab Pot. Hopefully Ellis Thomas may favor us with one of his famous
concerts, since he has been absent for so long,
Cruise Captain Fearless Fred - 556-2l00
This Month's Boat
Stephen C. Kromer, AP
No Sense - Janice & Steve Kromer
So what’s behind the name No Sense 3
(cubed)? Well, when Nick Russo and I bought a 25 ft. Grady White,
we named her No Sense because nothing on that boat made sense. I
think that we pulled out 5 miles of wiring and put back 3. We
actually found one wire run that changed colors in the middle. A
couple of years went by and Nick & I visited a boat show looking for
a GPS. We fell in love with our current boat. Janice will never
again say, “Buy anything you want, dear.” Only problem is it made
no sense to buy her since she was bigger than our first house.
Bought it anyway. We brought her back to Bohicket Marina and
decided the “Mary L” was not a name we could live with. So we
started thinking “No Sense 2”. Nah. Buying this thing was way
dumber than that. Thought about it some more and came up with No
Sense 2 (squared). Nah, dumber still. Ah ha, No Sense 3 (cubed)
since this was least 8 times as dumb as anything else I’d ever
done. Of course, it took David Walsh to point out that No Sense
means zero IQ and zero cubed is still zero. Yeah, now I know we
picked the right name. And oh, by the way, everyone at Bohicket
swears it is Jimmy Buffet’s old boat, but that’s a whole other
Local Boat All Dressed
It happened at the Cooper River Marina’s 6th
annual Christmas boat decorating contest. A Charleston Power Squadron
member’s boat was awarded 3rd place in the Marina competition. The
sailing vessel, Morningstar II owned by squadron members Bob & Mary
Gulbrandsen participated with a field of power and sailboats at the
The event took place at the Cooper River
Marina on the evening of December 17th.
Boats judged for originality, theme and
colorful displays. Boats placing in the event won from free to discounted
dockage by the Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission.
Charleston Power Squadron colors where
flying along with hundreds of holiday lights aboard the Morningstar II for
the Christmas festivities. Squadron member Bob Gulbrandsen was quoted as
saying, “I was going for the big prize this year; but was happy for the
honors on this year’s contest.”
(A series of important bits of information
about USPS in the next several issues of The
1.Operations Training (OT) is a must course
for members to learn about the workings of all levels of USPS. Although it
is sometimes taught in conjunction with other courses it falls under the
responsibility of the Administrative Department and should be taught at
least once each year. This is the first of a series of articles on some
of the pertinent points covered in OT.
USPS has been granted exemption from payment
of U. S. income taxes, as provided in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal
Revenue Code. This exemption applies also to district and squadron
organizations. This allows members who participate in an official
capacity to deduct certain expenses as charitable contributions on their
Individual Income Tax Return. To quote in part from section 11.78 of the
OPERATIONS MANUAL, “ Deductible expenses include transportation, parking
fees, tolls, reasonable expenses for meals and lodging while away from
home, uniforms (including cleaning and insignia maintenance), postage,
telephone bills, supplies, dues and miscellaneous cash expenditures which
are directly and demonstrably related to squadron activity.” You should
maintain records during the year and consult your tax adviser when
preparing your personal tax returns.
2.There are three levels in our
organization, National, District and Squadron with each having similar
bridge officers in charge. Each level is governed by a set of bylaws that
controls how they operate. As the bylaws direct what is to be done, there
is an OPERATIONS MANUAL available that instructs how these directives are
to be accomplished. The OPERATIONS MANUAL may be ordered from
headquarters or accessed on line at
www.usps.org/national/om with the proper programs. This manual covers
in detail the national, district, squadron and educational organizations,
protocol, uniforms, and much more. It also contains basic responsibilities
for almost all departments and committees. If there is any question about
how to accomplish a responsibility, refer to this manual first.
3.Chapter 18 of the OPERATIONS MANUAL
describes the uniform and insignia that have been adopted by USPS and
should definitely be consulted if a member is purchasing a uniform. In
lieu of purchasing a full uniform members may elect to wear the regulation
blazer with its distinctive USPS emblem. In either case there is a
regulation nametag that is to be worn. This nametag has been observed
being worn on the blazer on the right and left lapels, on the pocket etc.
Section 18.69 describes the placement of the nametag and states, “The name
tag is worn on the uniform on the right breast at approximately the same
level as grade or senior- member insignia, and in a comparable position on
the blazer.” Please think about this the next time you wear the uniform or
4.The scheduling of squadron meetings is
controlled by the squadron bylaws. Section 9.1 specifies that the regular
business meetings shall be held on the second Thursday of each month
except the Executive Committee may change this with proper notice to
membership. Section 6.7.1 directs that the Executive Committee shall meet
on the first Thursday of each month or when convened by the commander.
Section 9.2 allows the Executive Committee to waive this requirement or to
reschedule the meeting if a holiday or other circumstance makes it
impractical to hold the meeting with the membership being notified
accordingly. Section 9.5 allows for the calling of special membership
or Executive Committee meetings but written notice of such meetings shall
be mailed to all members so that it is received at least 10 days prior to
the special meeting.
5.There are a number of general provisions
for serving as an elected officer, elected committee chairmen and
committee members and all appointees. These provisions are specified in
Article 5 of the squadron bylaws and also in Article 7 of the national
The more pertinent provisions are that:
All elected officers, chairmen, and
committee members, and all appointed officers and committee chairmen
should be members in good standing of this squadron. All bridge officers
shall have been awarded at least one advanced grade and at least one merit
mark. The district commander for good cause in accordance with USPS Bylaws
Section 7.9 may waive this requirement prior to nomination. No individual
shall be eligible for election to the office of commander for more than
two consecutive terms of one year each.
In addition to the above the educational
officer and assistant educational officer are member of the USPS
Educational Department and can only be nominated and elected after their
qualifications have been approved by the national educational officer’s
designee. This designee is usually the district educational officer.
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